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How Canada fared at the world aquatics championships

Canadian athletes return home after two weeks of competition at the world aquatics championships carrying seven medals and plenty of broken records, including swimmer Kylie Masse's world-record gold in the 100-metre backstroke.

Canadians score 7 medals, set new world & national records

Gold medallist Kylie Masse poses with the medal won during the women's 100m backstroke final in Budapest, Hungary. It marked Canada's lone world title of the event. (Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

Canadian athletes returning home after two weeks of action at the FINA World Aquatics Championships in Budapest, Hungary will bring with them medals, new national records and valuable experience at a high-stakes competition ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Here's a look at the most notable performances by Canadians at the aquatics worlds.


Kylie Masse led all Canadians — swimmers or otherwise — at the aquatics worlds, scoring the country's lone world title and setting a new world record to boot in the 100-metre backstroke final, and breaking six Canadian records.

Canada's Kylie Masse wins world title, sets world record


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Kylie Masse sets a world record time of of 58.10 seconds in the 100-metre backstroke and becomes the first Canadian woman to win a world swimming championship. 0:32

That gold was also the first at a world championships by a Canadian swimmer since 2007.

Masse was also a part of the mixed relay teams that won a pair of bronze medals.

One day after making history, Masse, along with Edmonton's Richard Funk, Toronto's Penny Oleksiak and Calgary's Yuri Kisil combined to finish in a tie for third place in the mixed 4x100-metre medley relay.

'We're all proud to get on the podium' : Canada's mixed medley 4x100m team on bronze medal


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Canada's Kylie Masse, Richard Funk, Penny Oleksiak and Yuri Kisil talk to CBC Sports' Anson Henry after their bronze-medal performance 1:51

Masse, Oleksiak and Kisil teamed up once again, this time with Javier Acevedo, for bronze in the 4x100 freestyle.

The final day of competition also featured a bronze medal in the 400m IM and a little bit of redemption for Sydney Pickrem.

Canada's Sydney Pickrem wins bronze in women's 400m medley at FINA Worlds


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The Clearwater, B.C native finished 3rd with a time of 4:32.88. Hungary's Katinka Hosszu walked away with the gold 7:15

The swimmer owns the Canadian record in the 200 IM, but failed to finish that event in Budapest, jumping out of the pool at the end of the first leg after swallowing too much water.

"As much as I felt like I disappointed Canada in my 200 IM, to come back and be able to get on the podium, it's just a relief and really exciting," Pickrem told CBC Sports. "I'm proud to be Canadian and do that for Canada."

Though Oleksiak reached the podium twice in the relays, the Olympic star leaves Budapest without an individual medal. She finished sixth in the 100m freestyle after winning a gold medal in that event last summer in Rio.


Jennifer Abel now stands alone as the most decorated Canadian women's diver of all time at the world championships, and played a big role in each of Canada's diving medals at this year's event.

The native of Laval, Que. captured a bronze medal in her individual springboard event, a silver with Melissa Citrini-Beaulieu in the women's synchro three-metre and finished with a bronze in the mixed synchro three-metre with Francois Imbeau-Dulac.

Abel now has eight world championship medals, the most for a Canadian woman in the sport of diving.

It also matches retired Olympian Alexandre Despatie, who won eight medals on the men's side.

It wasn't all about the veterans, however. Nathan Zsombor-Murray made his worlds debut at the ripe old age of 14, and looked right at home.

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14-year-old Canadian Nathan Zsombor-Murray is the youngest diver at the aquatics worlds. He and his partner Meaghan Benfeito, 28, finished 5th in the 10m mixed synchro. 1:00

He and his partner Meaghan Benfeito, 28, finished fifth in the 10m mixed synchro.

Water polo

The Canadian women's water polo team came up just short in their quest to bring home a medal from worlds, advancing to the semifinals before falling to Spain and then Russia in the bronze-medal match.

Game Wrap: Russia beats Canada for women's water polo bronze medal


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Daria Ryzhkova scored 4 goals, as Russia defeated Canada 11-9 in the women's water polo bronze medal match at the FINA World Championships in Budapest 1:43

On the men's side, Canada failed to win a match in the group phase but did manage a tie with Brazil.

Synchronized swimming

The Canadian synchronized swimming team left Hungary without a podium finish, missing their final chance to win world championship medals handed out in synchronized swimming.

Don't worry, the sport isn't going away — it will now be referred to by FINA as "artistic swimming."

Canada's synchro free team places 7th at FINA worlds


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The Canadians finished with 88.8000 points on Friday in Budapest, Hungary. 6:22

Open water

Canada's open water swimming team did not get to the podium in the individual races, but they did get to participate in world aquatics history.

Richard Weinberger, Stephanie Horner, Eric Hedlin and Breanne Siwicki completed FINA's first-ever team relay in 11th place. France took the honour of being the first country to win gold in the event.

France races to open water 5km team gold at aquatics worlds


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The group of Oceane Maryse Jeannie Cassignol, Logan Fontaine, Aurelie Muller and Marc-Antoine Olivier finished in a winning time of 54:05.90 on Thursday in Hungary. 1:32

Mark Perry, Swimming Canada's distance/open water coach, was satisfied with his team's performance as they woirk towards the next Olympic Games.

"I think that was a fitting finale for the team. It was a great team performance," he said. "We leave Hungary with things each of the six swimmers know they need to improve and work on. As an overall Canadian team we've got things to work on to come back stronger and faster in the years leading into Tokyo."

High diving

Canada looked to have a great shot at a medal — and even a world title — in high diving, but an injury to the country's top star dashed those hopes.

Lysanne Richard, a 2016 World Cup champion and FINA female high diver of the year, announced her withdrawal due to a neck issue she's been dealing with since June of 2016.

Despite trying multiple avenues to be ready for the world championships, she was not cleared by her doctor.

"I am extremely disappointed to miss the world championships. I was looking forward to representing Canada, but an injury is currently preventing me from competing," she told CBC Sports.

Rhiannan Iffland of Australia wins gold in women's high dive at FINA World Championships


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Iffland finished with a total score of 320.70 points ahead Mexico's Adriana Jimenez and Yana Nestsiarava of Belarus 1:52

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